Pooja Lagisetty, M.D.
Dr. Lagisetty’s research interests focus on culturally tailored behavioral interventions, social determinants, health disparities, neighborhood determinants of chronic diseases, and urban design.
- M.D., Johns Hopkins University
- B.A., Studio Art, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Health Services Research & Policy Focus
What are you thinking about?
My research interests at this time largely revolve around urban planning of communities and how this impacts health. In the past, I developed and implemented a program called Baltimarket that delivered groceries to food deserts via a system that called for collaboration between information systems, private grocers, local libraries, and the Baltimore City Health Department. In the future, I hope to continue to develop and implement programs to address an array of social determinants such as food, housing, and health care access with a keen understanding of community design.
Why is this interesting to you?
The intersection between urban planning and health is quite interesting to me on multiple levels. I find it fascinating to look at points of access and how proximity alters health decision-making. Finding innovative methods to bundle delivery systems to work around community design barriers is another interest of mine.
What are the practical implications for healthcare?
Practically, forming relationships with community leaders and working with the private sector are going to be important in forming innovative methods to provide health care. Also, I believe that health care delivery systems can only be formed with a solid knowledge of community design.